Release Blitz ~ Making Waves by Christina Lee (Excerpt + Reviews)

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Making Waves

By Christina Lee


Franklin University Series, Book 7

Alex Larsen

Remy Duval was my high school crush and secret first kiss, but he’s also so much more. A painter, a tattoo artist, my best friend Bailey’s older brother…and Bailey’s sworn enemy. It was easier to keep my distance the past two years, but now that Bailey and I are attending Franklin University with him, I’m only drawn to Remy more. I should be loyal to my best friend, focus on classes and swim team, but the more I see Remy around campus, the harder it becomes to stay away.

Remy Duval

My brother hates me, but that’s no surprise. I’ll take the fall for ruining our family if it means doing the right thing. But as soon as my brother and his best friend show up on campus, I know I’m in trouble. Alex is all grown up, and I can’t help wanting him, especially when he’s in those tiny swim briefs that emphasize everything.

One kiss leads to more, and before we know it, we’re tumbling into secret, no-strings-attached hookups. But who knew Alex would understand me in ways few others have? And I think, just maybe, I understand him too.

I keep telling myself it’s temporary. Alex doesn’t want to disappoint his best friend, and after what my parents went through, I’m not looking to settle down. Making waves is nothing new, but the further I fall, the more I drag Alex in the deep end with me.

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“Wanna dance?” Alex asked with a hopeful glint in his eye.

“Nah, I’ll just observe from a safe distance.” I leaned forward. “I like watching you.”

He made a frustrated sound. “Okay, you don’t play fair.”

“And you do?” I chuckled, eyeing him.

“Ready?” Jordan nudged him, and Alex nodded.

Just as they were about to head out, Alex swung around. “Will you hold my jacket so I don’t lose it?”

“Of course.” Once I took it from him, I slipped my arms through it so it wasn’t dragged or stepped on or anything. The material was warm and soft, obviously broken in from use. But when I angled my head and sniffed the lapel, it smelled like him too. Perfect.

“What?” I asked, realizing that Alex was staring at me with a wistfulness in his eyes.

“It looks good on you,” he said, adjusting the hem against my waist.

I grimaced. “Don’t get any ideas.”

“Well, you did go to a football game, which I still can’t believe.”

“You and me both.”

As soon as I shifted, I realized that his jacket was a bit of a tight fit in the shoulders. I’d need to be careful so I didn’t tear it.

“By the way, I wouldn’t be caught dead in this thing if it wasn’t yours.”

He cracked a smile. “Thank you for your sacrifice.”

I leaned forward. “You’re welcome, Chlorine Boy.”

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~ * ~ Jens Review ~ * ~

4.25 Stars!

What’s worse than having a crush on your best friend’s older brother? When your best friend decides his brother is the enemy and wants nothing to do with him. Alex and Bailey have been friends for years and grew up around Bailey’s older brother, Remy. I felt for Remy. He was in a horrible position that he should never have had to be in. I loved how Remy tries his best to let his brother be but still be supportive of his family. Alex is amazingly patient and understanding. I can’t imagine how hard it was for him to be stuck in the middle, considering how close their families were.
Once Alex and Remy had a chance to reconnect as friends, the evolution of their relationship was inevitable. They are amazing together; they have a great friendship, separate from Bailey, and smoking hot chemistry. I understood why Alex and Remy didn’t tell Bailey at first, and that revelation went as well as one would expect. I loved that Alex stood up, told Remy and Bailey how he was feeling, and left them to work out their issues. I was happy that Bailey eventually started to try a little more with Remy and that it was a work in progress.
All in all, it was a wonderful story with the best friend’s brother theme. I really enjoyed it; I suspect that this one will make it into my reread list when I need a pick-me-up.
*Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie for my reading pleasure. A review wasn’t a requirement.*


~ * ~ Jos Review ~ * ~

4 Stars
This is book seven in the Franklin U series, which is a multi-author series. It’s definitely possible to read them individually as the other characters appear more in the distance or as side characters, but their stories aren’t alluded to.
This is a brother’s-best-friend story where the brothers have had a falling out. I must admit that I loved Remy and Alex, but the brother, Bailey, really annoyed me. I was glad he wasn’t the mc. It’s hard to explain without giving away the plot, but Bailey holds Remy responsible for the break-up of their family. While the author gives reasons for his feelings, I found him a little childish. However, it forms the reasons for Remy and Alex to keep their distance and then keep their relationship a secret when this proves too much. The connection between them comes across really well. Alex, in particular, grabbed my heart; he really tries to be there for Bailey and, at the same time, acknowledges how hard it is for Remy. Clearly, this is more than friends-with-benefits as things develop, but Remy struggles to trust himself and commit. They really are a great couple, and the ending was particularly satisfying for the way Alex stands his ground and Remy steps up. These are a great couple, and with a sweet, satisfying ending, the earlier plot frustrations around Bailey really didn’t matter.
Not my favourite of the series or the authors, but still a really good addition that’s absolutely worth the read.
***Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie for my reading pleasure. A review wasn’t a requirement.***

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About the Author:

Once upon a time, Christina Lee was a wardrobe stylist in New York City. She spent her days schlepping clothes, hailing cabs, and on the hunt for the perfect lip gloss, which became a bit of an addiction—along with books and coffee. You could always find her perched in a corner booth of a favorite diner sipping a dark roast and reading.

She currently lives in the Midwest with her husband and son—her two favorite guys. She’s been a clinical social worker and a special education teacher and while very rewarding, they still didn’t feel like an exact fit. It wasn’t until she began writing a weekly column for the local newspaper that the bells went off in her head. She could finally draw from her real-life experiences and vivid imagination to write fiction—and she’s never looked back.

Christina writes romance in different sub-genres, but mostly with LGBTQ characters because representation matters and everyone deserves a happily-ever-after.

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